The Light at Wyndcliff by Sarah E. Ladd
Set in 1820s Cornwall, this Regency romance evokes the captivating worlds and delicious dramas of Jane Austen, Daphne DuMaurier, and Winston Graham.
Raised on the sprawling and rugged Wyndcliff Estate near the dangerous coast of South Cornwall, Evelyn Bray lives with her grandfather, a once-wealthy man reduced to the post of steward. Evelyn is still grieving her father’s death and her mother’s abandonment when a passing ship is dashed against the rocks. The only survivors, a little girl and her injured mother, are rescued and brought to Wyndcliff Hall.
Liam Twethewey is just twenty-two when he inherits Wyndcliff Estate from his great uncle. His optimistic plans to open a china clay pit to employ the estate’s tenants meets unexpected resistance, and the rumors of smuggling and illegal activity challenge his new-found authority. Though wise beyond his years, young Liam quickly finds himself out of his depth in this land where long-held secrets and high-stakes agendas make no room for newcomers.
Brought together by troubling questions surrounding the shipwreck, Evelyn and Liam uncover even darker mysteries shrouding the estate. But as they untangle truths from deceptions, their loyalties separate them—and their budding love might not be strong enough to overcome the distance.
The third installment in the Cornwall Series, The Light at Wyndcliff is a wonderful addition to the historical romance genre. Sarah E. Ladd has a wonderful way with words throughout this narrative and I would love to read the first two books in this series! Though I hadn’t read the first two books, I didn’t feel lost in this story. It read enough as a standalone for me, which was a very big plus.
This novel and genre are perfect for PBS’ Masterpiece Theatre dramas like Poldark, Downton Abbey, Victoria, Beecham House, Sanditon, and other series like Outlander! It fits perfectly into this genre of historical romances and I loved the depth of immersion in this time period that the author takes the reader to through the narrative! It is beautifully descriptive, transporting the reader to the windswept coast of Cornwall with it’s cliffs, beaches, dreary days, and distinct scents!
William and Evelyn are my favorite characters in this novel! They are fun, witty, and so well written! There is depth to their characters, their relationships, and the story surrounding them! I loved the undercurrent of mystery that crept along with the narrative! The pacing was excellent and I loved this 306 page book, it was just the right length to keep me captivated, but not loose me in a prolonged plot.
Overall, loved this book and will definitely put Sarah E. Ladd on my future author reading list! Thank you to Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours and the author for having me on this tour! A fantastic book from a fantastic writer!
About the Author
Sarah E. Ladd has always loved the Regency period — the clothes, the music, the literature and the art. A college trip to England and Scotland confirmed her interest in the time period and gave her idea of what life would’ve looked like in era. It wasn’t until 2010 that Ladd began writing seriously. Shortly after, Ladd released the first book in the Whispers on the Moors series. Book one of the series, The Heiress of Winterwood, was the recipient of the 2011 ACFW Genesis Award for historical romance. Ladd also has more than ten years of marketing experience. She holds degrees in public relations and marketing and lives in Indiana with her family and spunky Golden Retriever.
Blog Tour ScheduleTuesday, October 13
Review at Hallie Reads
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Wednesday, October 14
Review at McCombs on Main
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books
Review at Probably at the Library
Thursday, October 15
Review at Jessica Belmont
Friday, October 16
Review at Bitch Bookshelf
Review & Excerpt at Bookworlder
Review at View from the Birdhouse
Sunday, October 18
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Review at WTF Are You Reading?
Monday, October 19
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Tuesday, October 20
Review at Books and Zebras
Review at Robin Loves Reading
Review at Into the Hall of Books
Wednesday, October 21
Review at The Lit Bitch
Thursday, October 22
Review at Faery Tales Are Real
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit
Friday, October 23
Review at Lu Reviews Books
Saturday, October 24
Review & Excerpt at Nursebookie
Monday, October 26
Review at The Caffeinated Bibliophile
Review at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals
Tuesday, October 27
Review at Captivated Reading
Wednesday, October 28
Review at Heidi Reads
Thursday, October 29
Review at YA, it’s Lit
Friday, October 30
Review at A Darn Good Read
Review at Read Review Rejoice
GiveawayDuring the Blog Tour, we are giving away 5 copies of The Light at Wyndcliff! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.
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The Light at Wyndcliff